beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cheers to Mike - kujo9 - for providing me with this one. Rich copper-kettle color with minimal off-white head. Hoppy citric aroma leads to a warming, slightly candy-sweet hoppy body. The bitterness fights through the caramel and leads to a nice lingering finish that could be a little chewier. Not sure how much this will improve with cellaring - probably somewhat but it drinks nicely now. Solid but not a WOW beer like some of the top BWs.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a amber-copper color with a thin white head. Has a grapefruit and pine aroma. Flavors of hops, caramel, sugar, and malt.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red copper color with small wh-le head. Aroma is bitter with Caramel and lemon notes, a malty backbone. Flavor is bitter throughout, Caramel evident ana a touch of alcohol in the finish. Surprisingly, the palate is a little thin. Not bad, but doesn't stack up to some of the better barley wines out there.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear reddish color with some brown/mahogany hues, thin constant white head, well-hopped, grapefruit and pine, malty with whiffs of alcohol, candy, cherries; flavor is bitter with grapefruit and pine flavors, hints of alcohol, malty sweet but not overdone, some cherries and prunes, a bit candyish, could mellow a bit, decent palate and texture
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice barley wine. Nice and hoppy, yet not bitter. This is an above average barleywine.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The reddish dark wine pours a lazy white head. The aroma presents a big hop nose. Sharp bitter bite in the initial taste. Flavor is in the alcohol, but semi-sweet for a smooth balance. Pleasant delicate aftertaste. Mixed on this one. Definitly should be aged.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barleywine is very drinkable. Very hoppy, I have yet to try an unhoppy barleywine.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firey red and clear in color. Really nice and hoppy. Nice tan head. Caramel malty flavor. Not overly bitter. Very good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber, courtesy of TCHROME. Firey red and crystal clear, with a nice tan head. Big fresh American hop aroma. Reminds me of 90 min IPA. Carmel malty flavor blended with lotsa hops. Not overly bitter, and a nice sweetness combine for a delicious flavor. Lingering hops. Extremely smooth going down. Like this one a lot. Thanks Tad!
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber color with white head and great head retention.
The aroma is sweet, citrus and pine, and alcohol.
The flavor reflects that balance of malt, hops, and alcohol. The malt and hops are both equally big and neither really dominates. The malt is sweet and potent like a barleywine should but the hops play a huge part in making this beautifully balanced. The alcohol plays its role without getting in the way.
This is a beer that is fantastic when it is served at the proper temperature and actually resembles Three Floyds Dreadnaught a great deal. Truly a fantastic brew